Impact and Programs
As of 2018, ABOH has donated in excess of $1.2 million dollars to lung cancer research and science that has been carefully vetted by experts with OD, MD or PhD titles through a competitive RFP process similar to the one used by the NIH. Through $150,000 grants, ABOH mostly funds young researchers with novel ideas that will reach the patient within five years. Knowing that public education and awareness can reduce the number of late stage lung cancer diagnoses in our country, ABOH reaches in excess of 1,000,000 people each year with life-saving messages about lung cancer causes, symptoms and screening. Through outreach and marketing campaigns in the Midwest, as well as national online campaigns, ABOH is able to help people advocate for themselves for earlier detection of this deadly disease. In 2018, ABOH started focusing outreach on low income communities where lung cancer is most prevalent. ABOH also offers online patient education through its novel Animated Guide to Lung Cancer found at www.youandlungcancer.com. In its first year, the program recorded 80,000 visits with 63 percent self-identifying as patients or caregivers. 94 percent said they would take information to their provider. Shared decision making is known to lead to better health outcomes. Finally, ABOH provides patients with transportation to treatment, hosts survivor and grief groups in its home office in Minnesota, and also supports lung cancer groups in Twin Cities hospitals.
ABOH hopes to increase its research funding by 20 percent and has set goals of reaching 2,000,000 Americans in 2019 with messages that could lead to early detection or save their lives. ABOH set goals in 2019 to reach at least 1000 Minnesotans of color with lung cancer facts and resources. ABOH also plans to offer a second patient summit in Minnesota Fall of 2019 to provide tools, education and support to patients and caregivers coping with lung cancer. ABOH will launch the first-of-its-kind Animated Guide to Lung Cancer in Spanish by Fall 2019 to overcome barriers of language. ABOH will continue to collaborate with other organizations and individuals focused on improving the current 18 percent survival rate of lung cancer.
Community or Constituency Served
If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. We serve all.
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